NEW LONDON — Hygienic Art Galleries  will host "Zhang / Patnode: an Art Exhibition" throughout the month of June with an opening reception scheduled for June 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Patnode, a New London resident, received a bachelor of Fine Arts from Purchase College and is a Fellow of the Urban Artists Initiative in Hartford, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and Connecticut Office of the Arts in partnership with the Institute for Community Research. Patnode is a recipient of many fellowships, residencies and grants, including two all-inclusive COA awards to Vermont Studio Center where he worked with David Kapp, William Beckman, Michael Gitlin, Carol Robb. He has received two all-inclusive Residencies to I-Park Artists Enclave, a Silver Rose recipient from Bulgaria’s Preeminent Poet, Lyubomir Levchev, and was sponsored by the Griffis & Orpheus Foundations for a summer 200 Artist Residency at the Sharon House in the village of Polkovnik Serafimovo, Smolyan, Bulgaria.

Zhang graduated with a B.F.A from East China University, and went on to earn an M.F.A at Rhode Island College. In the United States, he studied Western art theories and many original master pieces from the Renaissance to modern ages. He was fascinated by Rembrandt’s unique lighting and shading, Velazquez’s fluent brushwork, Monet’s and Renoir’s brilliant coloring, and Ruben’s and Delacroix’s magnificent composition.

Admission is free and complimentary appetizers and cash bar will be available. Visit

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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